The date keeps being put further and further back. Now the FAA is echoing the view of the Boeing CEO that the 737 Max will be back in the air by December! December? Wasn't it the same CEO who said its fix would enable the aircraft to fly again within a few weeks of the grounding?
https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi- ... story.html
Boeing Co.’s 737 Max aircraft, grounded since March after two fatal crashes in five months, should be back in the air by December, a top U.S. regulator said.
It’s not possible to give an exact date as work progresses on safety fixes to the aircraft, said Ali Bahrami, the Federal Aviation Administration’s associate administrator for aviation safety, in an interview Wednesday at a conference in Cologne, Germany.
While the FAA is “under a lot of pressure,” he said the Max will be returned to service “when we believe it will be safe,” following reviews of the design, flight testing and other checks. Bahrami was reluctant to provide a timeline, but when asked whether the plane would resume service this year or next, he said remarks by Boeing Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg projecting a return by the end of 2019 sounded correct.
Now Boeing's high powered team of lawyers is trying to stiff the passengers who died on their two crashed aircraft. Instead of the lawsuits being heard in the USA, Boeing is doing everything possible to have the jurisdiction moved to Indonesia and Ethiopia. As lawyers have pointed out, this would mean the passengers' families ending up with peanuts. Shame on Boeing! Clearly it's a try-on to persuade passengers' families to accept a low out-of-court negotiated pay out.
https://www.businessinsider.com/boeing- ... ers-2019-6
One expert said having a trial in another country with a different legal culture, and less scope for close scrutiny of Boeing, would render the cases "worthless."
Lawyers for the families say the cases must be heard in the US, where Boeing is headquartered and the 737 Max was designed and built . . .
Mike Danko, an aviation attorney and pilot, who is not involved in these cases, told Business Insider that if Boeing successfully pursued this strategy, the families could be left with almost nothing.
"If Boeing can get the cases sent back to either Indonesia or Ethiopia, those cases really become worthless," he said